Night Light Made From Recycled Solar LED Path Light

night light made from recycled solar led path light

Every Christmas I create a custom made wooden toy for my great-nephew. This year I decided to create a unique night light using parts from a discarded solar path light. Lawn mowers and snow throwers often mistreat these hidden treasures. Also people are unaware these solar path lights work through recharging a battery. As the battery ages it is unable to recharge to its youthful glory; this is when the homeowner chucks the entire thing to the curb.

When I find these orphans I bring them home and remove all the useful parts: solar panel, circuit board and battery holder.  The circuit is simple. With light the solar panel charges the battery, with no light the circuit switches to illuminate a LED by battery power. These are such fun to play with; the technology is so basic yet amazingly complicated. I can spend a good deal of time pointing the solar panel to and fro a light source to watch the light turn on and off.

Scrooge – Holiday Bark Carving Seminar American Woodcarving School Wayne, NJ

Sunday, December 1st 2013 I attended a bark carving seminar hosted by the American Woodcarving School in Wayne, NJ and instructed by owner / instructor Jerry Cetrulo. I always have a fun time hanging out at AWS and spending time carving with other people also excited about the art. The video features¬†clips of Jerry’s instruction and a time-lapse of my piece as a student at the seminar.